City Pulse

By Jennifer Witt

It seems like these days, to get invited to a fashion show, your name has to be P. Diddy, Ashton or Paris. The non-gentry set gets a glimpse of the seasons hottest runway fashions by perusing the pages of magazines such as Vogue and Elle. While this does enable one to get an idea of industry trends in the world of couture, there is nothing quite like watching Eva Herzigova live, strutting her stuff down the catwalk, dressed to the nines in designer duds.

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How about if you, the common folk, were invited to an all-star fashion show where you could grab a sneak peak at one-of-a-kind looks from fashion legendary icons such as: Roberto Cavalli, Halston, John Varvatos and Escada (plus dozens more)?

Our favorite rum company, responsible for many a delicious daiquiri and pina colada, Bacardi, is hosting a “Bacardi Big Apple Goes High Style” fashion show, where twenty award-winning designers present their take on the color green, in honor of Bacardi’s new apple-flavored rum. Hmm, is it too early to enjoy an apple martini? It must be noon, somewhere, right?

The show is free and open to the public, which is a rarity with the way this city thrives on its velvet-roped events, which are always manned by two massive bouncers. Even better, your presence makes a difference! For each guest, Bacardi will donate 5 lbs of apples to City Harvest, New York’s only food rescue organization. In addition, all the designs will be auctioned off to benefit various charities, so you really have the opportunity to play up your altruistic side and score your charitable brownie points for the month.

While Mr. Combs might be sailing his yacht around the French Virgin Islands, you might get a glimpse of another VIP such as Life and Style’s Cynthia Garrett or Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Jai Rodriguez.

No promises, but a hunch tells me you might even be able to sample Bacardi Big Apple Rum. Throw some free drinks into the mix and this promises to be an extravaganza much like those that J.Lo attends 7-night a week. Go on, call you friend in Chicago and brag.

Monday, May 2nd – 6pm
Time Warner Center (second floor)

Originally published April 2005
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